Speaking Volumes

Features - Operations Focus

Direct Disposal doubles productivity with a wheel loader, allowing it to meet demands of customers trying to achieve California's C&D recycling requirements.

July 22, 2013

In 1989, when the California State Assembly passed Bill 939 mandating that 50 percent of all municipalities’ waste be diverted from sanitary landfills, waste industry veteran Dan Agajanian saw both a business opportunity and an environmental responsibility. It was the passing of this new bill that led Agajanian to take action by adding a construction and demolition (C&D) recycling facility to his existing waste hauling company in East Los Angeles. Since its establishment in 2003, Agajanian and his staff at Direct Disposal have made it their mission to provide their southern California community with an ecofriendly, cost-effective solution to avoiding landfills.

“Recycling has come a long way in California in recent years,” says Agajanian. “Unlike many other facilities, more than 75 percent of all C&D waste delivered to Direct Disposal is turned into reusable commodities. Our current recycling rate meets the state of California’s guidelines and goals for the year 2020, something we take great pride in as a company.”

One of only a limited number of businesses to take this initiative, Direct Disposal is permitted to accept up to 174 tons of C&D debris daily, including materials such as steel, metal, aluminum, copper, wiring, plastics, scrap wood, dry wall, clean dirt, clean asphalt, clean concrete, mixed inert, tires and roofing material. The company accepts discarded material in various ways including customer drop-offs and through the company’s rental and hauling service of roll-off containers. Once the material is received at the facility, it is processed or sorted and separated into piles by type before being loaded into trucks and taken to other facilities for grinding, melt down and/or reuse in various forms.

Keeping Up
To manage this expansive undertaking, Agajanian relies heavily on his equipment. “We move 200 to 300 tons of material around our facility on a daily basis,” states Agajanian. “Without the proper equipment in place, it is nearly impossible to keep up the necessary pace.” To assist in managing the incoming and outgoing materials at such a high rate, Agajanian decided it was necessary to add a new piece of equipment to his fleet. It was then he connected with George Davis, sales manager of Heavy Equipment Sales, a Hyundai Construction Equipment dealership with locations in Corona and Pacoima, Calif. Upon understanding the needs of Direct Disposal, Davis recommended a HL740-9 Hyundai wheel loader for the job. Agajanian says he was immediately impressed by the high-quality build and standard features the machine had to offer, not to mention the competitive price. In November 2012, Agajanian purchased the Hyundai loader and has continued to be impressed by its performance and productivity ever since.

“Before this purchase, we were bursting at the seams and having a challenging time doing our daily tasks with our old equipment,” says Agajanian. “Since we started working with the Hyundai loader, our productivity has doubled, and in a crucial industry like recycling that speaks volumes.”

Direct Disposal, East Los Angeles, Calif., invested in an HL740-9 wheel loader from Hyundai Construction Equipment to help it keep up with inbound C&D material.

Multiple Applications
Direct Disposal uses the loader in multiple applications, but primarily for sorting and separating material into piles and loading it onto the vast amount of trucks entering the yard to be taken to other recycling facilities. According to Agajanian, the machine loads approximately 80 to 100 tons of material onto three to four large, high-sided trucks per day and works a consistent eight to 10 hours per day, five days per week.

Of the many features the HL740-9 has to offer, Agajanian has found the three engine mode selections to be one of the most beneficial. Those modes are economy mode for light duty work, standard mode for general work and power mode for heavy duty work. This feature is designed to allow the operator to customize the machine’s engine power in order to increase productivity and reduce fuel consumption, which Agajanian has seen first-hand. Direct Disposal says it has saved 100 gallons of fuel per month since purchasing the Hyundai loader. With the cost of off-road diesel at around four dollars per gallon, the company will be saving approximately $4,800 per year.

Direct Disposal also has found the advanced 5.7-inch-wide color LCD screen and Hi-mate Remote Management System to be critical tools, especially when used in conjunction. The loader’s color monitor features an integrated load weight system which allows operators to view the bucket’s current load capacity to prevent over and under loading, which contributes to work efficiency. This data, along with many other types of diagnostic data, is stored and can be accessed through the Hi-mate Remote Management System from anywhere with Internet access. Agajanian accesses this crucial information approximately once per week through a daily reporting function and monitors the machine’s total cycles and daily tonnage moved in and out of the facility per day. With these tools combined, Direct Disposal reports it has been able to increase its total tonnage of scrap moved, as well as its cycle times, by 50 percent.

Enabling the Hyundai HL740-9 loader’s power and productivity is its reliable, fuel-efficient, 143 horsepower, Cummins, Tier-III QSB6.7 engine. The machine has an operating weight of 26,460 pounds, a bucket capacity of 3.0 cubic yards and a bucket breakout force of 24,800 pounds, all of which allow for moving heavy recyclable materials. “We have had numerous different types and brands of machines over the years, but with the Hyundai loader there is no comparison,” states Agajanian. C&DR

This article was submitted by InQuest Marketing on behalf of Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas Inc., Norcross, Ga. More information is available at www.hceamericas.com.